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The Merlot fruit for this wine was sourced from several long-term growers in Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Alexander Valley Merlot is known for a characteristic softness, with elegant, round tannins, while Dry Creek Valley Merlot offers more intense, firmly structured tannins. Tannin structure was sufficient to forego blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, and to stand up to long aging in new oak. The 1997 Winemakers Reserve Merlot features forward oak and black cherry, with complex toast, cedar, mint and berry spice aromas. This wine offers near-term elegance as well as bottle aging potential.
When Clos du Bois was founded in 1974, Sonoma County was better known for its prunes, walnuts and dairy farms than for its wine grapes. With more soil types than France, Founder Frank Woods recognized the potential of Sonoma County as a world-class wine growing region, and it is here in Sonoma's Alexander Valley where Clos du Bois has been making outstanding wines for more than...Read More About Clos du Bois
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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